Many Thanks to Alex Cavanaugh for starting the Insecure Writer’s Support Group and to my friend, Patricia Garcia, for inviting me to join this supportive group. I also thank this month’s IWSG co-hosts: Jennifer Hawes, Jen Chandler, Nick Wilford, Juneta Key, JH Moncrieff, Diane Burton, and MJ Fifield.
In regards to December’s IWSG question: In terms of your writing career, where do you see yourself five years from now, and what’s your plan to get there?
Sadly, my writing “career,” if that is what you want to call it is haphazard at best. Initially, I wanted to write a book about my brother’s sad life, but I realized I had too few facts to create a book. Then after taking writing classes for various aspects of writing I realized that I am happier writing short stories. I especially loved Erma Bombeck’s style and wanted to follow in her footsteps. Sad, but true, in attempting to publish my stories, I realized that the stories that magazines now publish are extremely different than in the “old days,” the stories I used to read. Despite obstacles, I have managed to publish a few short stories though.
I have a thought about producing a book on Caregiving since I have been caregiving for my husband for a year. Caregiving is NOT what I thought it would be like! I suspect other people were surprised about how exhausting and maddening caregiving can be… who would know?
Recently, I received a book, DON’T WRITE YOUR BOOK WITHOUT ME, by Viga Boland. The opening pages have hooked me right in to thinking about writing about my brother’s and my life again. Viga’s book is a “page turner” for me as her comments are not the standard… she wants me to “Free fall” —starting with random thoughts rather than using a specific outline. I like her thinking.
So my goal is to inspire my writing again… to actually accomplish more rather than shoving my writing in the garbage can.